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A University of Toronto study has found the environmental DNA of pathogens harmful to fish are 2.7 times more likely to be detected near active salmon farms versus inactive sites. (Kenny Regan photo)

Clements: The salmon just keep swimming

When life’s fights seem too impossible to win, think of the perseverance of these fish

  • Dec 16, 2020
A University of Toronto study has found the environmental DNA of pathogens harmful to fish are 2.7 times more likely to be detected near active salmon farms versus inactive sites. (Kenny Regan photo)
I captured a photo of my mom, Judy Quinn, in the glass fronting a display of vintage typewriters and other writing implements, during the opening of Echoes in the Ice: Finding Franklin’s Ship in March 2019. I’m partial to vintage pieces that relate to my career, like typewriters and old cameras. (SUSIE QUINN/ Alberni Valley News)

Quinn: The Alberni Valley Museum is full of cool artefacts; now you can own one

The museum and Alberni Valley Heritage Commission launch Adopt An Artefact program

I captured a photo of my mom, Judy Quinn, in the glass fronting a display of vintage typewriters and other writing implements, during the opening of Echoes in the Ice: Finding Franklin’s Ship in March 2019. I’m partial to vintage pieces that relate to my career, like typewriters and old cameras. (SUSIE QUINN/ Alberni Valley News)
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LaBerge: On rights, freedoms, and wearing masks

Charter guarantees our rights and freedoms ‘only to such reasonable limits prescribed by law’

  • Dec 14, 2020
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A batch of the more uniform cookies my family knocked out with our new stand mixer the other day. The kids are so proud. (Sarah Simpson/Citizen)

Simpson: Making memories amid the mess

I’ve taught my four-year-old to crack eggs.

A batch of the more uniform cookies my family knocked out with our new stand mixer the other day. The kids are so proud. (Sarah Simpson/Citizen)
Jock Finlayson, Executive Vice President and Chief Policy Officer of the Business Council of British Columbia (submitted)

FINLAYSON: The long economic tail of COVID-19

‘Fast forward to late 2020 and the situation has partially stabilized’

  • Dec 11, 2020
Jock Finlayson, Executive Vice President and Chief Policy Officer of the Business Council of British Columbia (submitted)
Green Party members of Parliament say there are actions the federal government can take to limit the stays of freighters off the Gulf Islands. (News Bulletin file photo)

OPINION: Freighters overstaying welcome, but solutions exist, say Green MPs

Green Party MPs Elizabeth May and Paul Manly urge political will to address anchorages

  • Dec 11, 2020
Green Party members of Parliament say there are actions the federal government can take to limit the stays of freighters off the Gulf Islands. (News Bulletin file photo)
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Whitney: 10 great Christmas movies everyone needs to see

Some are well known, others are hidden gems.

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COLUMN: Liver and onions brings back nasty memories

What food did you have to eat as a child that you wouldn’t go near as an adult?

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In this image from video, former first lady Michelle Obama speaks during the first night of the Democratic National Convention on Monday, Aug. 17, 2020. (Democratic National Convention via AP)

Ketkar: Breaking taboo and silence around miscarriages —need of the hour

Women need to be able to grieve openly without fear of being shamed

In this image from video, former first lady Michelle Obama speaks during the first night of the Democratic National Convention on Monday, Aug. 17, 2020. (Democratic National Convention via AP)
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Harrop: How will we describe pandemic life in years to come?

Comparisons to World War II come close, but there are significant differences between then and now.

  • Dec 2, 2020
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Dr. Sandra Allison is Island Health’s medical health officer for the central Island. (Photo submitted)

OPINION: Don’t let fear take over during the pandemic

Central Island medical health officer shares her reflections riding the bus

  • Nov 30, 2020
Dr. Sandra Allison is Island Health’s medical health officer for the central Island. (Photo submitted)
Public washrooms are now open in West Kelowna. (City of West Kelowna)
Public washrooms are now open in West Kelowna. (City of West Kelowna)
Kendra Thomas from Warmland Women’s Support Services invites Cowichan residents to find out more about youth sex trafficking with an online event Nov. 16, 2020. (File photo)

Love Bombing: Learn about how youths are lured into sex trafficking

Nov. 22-28 is Victims and Survivors of Crime Week

  • Nov 26, 2020
Kendra Thomas from Warmland Women’s Support Services invites Cowichan residents to find out more about youth sex trafficking with an online event Nov. 16, 2020. (File photo)
President-elect Joe Biden speaks after touring Jerry Alander Carpenter Training Center on September 18 in Hermantown, Minnesota. The first debate between President Trump and former Vice President Joe Biden is tonight. (Drew Angerer/Getty Images)

Kitteringham: Celebrate Biden’s win, then keep up the struggle

Results down south mean there is a chance we can fix the things plaguing us before it is too late

President-elect Joe Biden speaks after touring Jerry Alander Carpenter Training Center on September 18 in Hermantown, Minnesota. The first debate between President Trump and former Vice President Joe Biden is tonight. (Drew Angerer/Getty Images)
Provincial health officer Dr. Bonnie Henry views the Murals of Gratitude exhibition in Vancouver’s Gastown, July 5, 2020. (The Canadian Press)

GUEST COLUMN: COVID-19 masks mandatory in B.C., but not everywhere

Orders require them where necessary, Provincial Health Officer says

  • Nov 17, 2020
Provincial health officer Dr. Bonnie Henry views the Murals of Gratitude exhibition in Vancouver’s Gastown, July 5, 2020. (The Canadian Press)
The day of his re-retirement from the Jack James and crew Old-Time Logging Show june 9, 2017 at McLean Mill National Historic Site, Jack James oversees his crew. James died Nov. 1, 2020, closing the book on more than 50 years working in the woods. (SUSAN QUINN/ Alberni Valley News)

Quinn: A final story for ‘boss of the woods’, Jack James

James was one of the biggest voices in coastal B.C. logging for last half-century

The day of his re-retirement from the Jack James and crew Old-Time Logging Show june 9, 2017 at McLean Mill National Historic Site, Jack James oversees his crew. James died Nov. 1, 2020, closing the book on more than 50 years working in the woods. (SUSAN QUINN/ Alberni Valley News)
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Sarah Simpson column: Exploring the joys of a junk drawer

Everything you don’t need, and a few things you do

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Burcum: A COVID survivor’s long, uncertain journey

Those who escape the hospital aren’t necessarily dealing with a glorified cold

  • Nov 10, 2020
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